40th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdamse Schouwburg / 13 - 19 June

The 40th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam has ended. It was a great success, with over 5,500 poetry-loving visitors enjoying the many readings by poets from all over the world. This was a 60 percent increase of visitors compared to last year. Last year, Poetry International experimented with a new method of payment: after watching the performances the audiences were invited to donate whatever amount they thought appropriate. Via this system, takings were 30 percent higher at this year’s festival than last year. Thank you very much for your visit. We hope to see you again next year!

41st Poetry International Festival / 12 - 18 june 2010


 Festival coverage on Poetry International Web

During the festival, short film portraits were made of the visiting poets. You can watch these Poetry Clips, in which the poets talk about how they began writing, elucidate aspects of their poetry and read their work, on Poetry International Web.
You can also read the 2009 Festival diary and see a selection of photos from the festival on Poetry International Web.

All the festival's international events were broadcasted live through www.poetryinternational.org. The recordings are now being edited and will soon be published on the same website. We will keep you posted.

 Jubilee publications

This year’s special jubilee and festival publications, such as the CD box-set 'Ze Kwamen om een dichter te zien' (They Came to See a Poet),  the art book 'Language in Art' en 'Taal in Kunst', the festival anthology and the anthology 'Kijk, het heeft gewaaid' (Look How Windy It's Been) are still available. You can order them through this website or by sending an e-mail to coerwinkel@poetry.nl.


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fltr: Eugene Guillevic, Peter Ruhmkorf, Carolyn Kizer, Zbigniew Herbert, Sir Eric White, Vassiliss Vassilikos, Lars Gustafsson, Friederike Mayrocker en Ernst Jandl ¦ © Wim L. J. Consenheim

From 13 to 19 June, for the 40th successive year, the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam will be the beating heart of world poetry. Leading poets like Gert Vlok Nel (South Africa), Jacques Roubaud (France), Bei Dao (China), Gerrit Kouwenaar (The Netherlands), Matthew Sweeney (Ireland), Valzhyna Mort (Belarus /USA) and many others will be coming to Rotterdam to present the cream of contemporary poetry from home and abroad. Like last year, the admission price for all programmes is at your own discretion. You decide what you pay! 

Looking back, looking forward. This year the festival is doing both things with equal relish. Featuring the favourite poets of former festival directors Martin Mooij and Tatjana Daan, tributes to J. Eijkelboom and W.H. Auden, and Rutger Kopland, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday with us. But also with digital poetry, the C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best poetic début, the Brockway Prize for the best poetry translator, the  première of ‘Cruel Joy’, a documentary on the Flemish landscape inspired by the poetry of Hugo Claus, and lots more.